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Odin Quartet with Frank Horvat at Canterbury Music recording studio

From Oblivion to Hope…album recorded!

After 2 consecutive intense days at the Canterbury Music Company, my recording sessions with the Odin Quartet are now complete! Along with one day of recording in July, we’ve collectively recorded 9 of my compositions for string quartet that will make up an album called ‘From Oblivion to Hope’. The album will have a serious […]

Fractures with soprano Meredith Hall and composer Frank Horvat

FRACTURES Update

For the past year, I have been working with my good friend and acclaimed soprano, Meredith Hall, on a large-scale song cycle for voice and piano called Fractures. It has been a wonderful collaboration as I have been sharing the 13 songs and getting her feedback as I completed each. That phase in our collaboration […]

An Auditory Survey of the Last Days of the Holocene - Project Announcement

New Climate Music Project with SHHH!! Ensemble

I am thrilled to announce that the ground-breaking and innovative percussion-piano duo, SHHH!! Ensemble, has commissioned me to compose a new large-scale artivist composition on the theme of climate change. With the working title, An Auditory Survey of the Last Days of the Holocene, this composition will index those sounds of our destructive past and […]

Collaborators - Frank Horvat - Sharlene Wallace - Jean Martin

Trees.Listen is Underway

My collaboration with my friend, Sharlene Wallace, is underway! We spent a great afternoon at Jean Martin‘s studio recording samples that will eventually work itself into our co-composition for solo lever harp and fixed electronics. Called Trees.Listen, this suite is inspired by the enlightening book, To Speak for the Trees, by acclaimed medical biochemist and […]

More Rivers with Christina Petrowska Quilico and composer Frank Horvat

Announcing ‘More Rivers’

I’m filled with joy to share the news that celebrated pianist and Order of Canada recipient, Christina Petrowska Quilico, has commissioned me to compose a new suite of solo piano pieces called More Rivers. Christina and I share a passion for the environment. More Rivers will be constructed with overlapping looping textures evoking the flow […]

Trees.Listen - Sharlene Wallace and Frank Horvat

Introducing Trees.Listen

I am happy to announce a new project and collaboration with my friend, Sharlene Wallace. We’re going to co-compose a suite of pieces for solo lever harp and fixed electronics. Called Trees.Listen, the music is inspired by the enlightening book, To Speak for the Trees, by acclaimed medical biochemist and botanist, Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger. Diana […]

Odin Quartet premieres Frank Horvat's piece - Hope

From Oblivion to Hope…the premiere!

The next phase in my extensive collaboration with the Odin Quartet was a smashing success! It was a pleasure to attend their Music Mondays concert where they presented the world premiere performance of Hope, a work Odin commissioned dedicated to the idea that our collective humanity still has much to feel optimism about, despite our […]

All that remains: Residual Moments by Frank Horvat and Gunilla Josephson

UPDATE – All that remains: Residual Moments

Work continues on a large-scale interdisciplinary, community-activated, art piece/installation featuring music, film and live performance. This piece, with the new title, All that remains: Residual Moments, is a collaboration between myself, video artist, Gunilla Josephson and Thin Edge New Music Collective. All that remains: Residual Moments can be described as more of an exhibition than […]

Andrew Lamb and Frank Horvat with Endless Films at the Piano Therapy Virtual Tour shoot

Piano Therapy Virtual Tour Filming Complete

It was a beautiful sunny day to complete filming of the b-roll and interview portions of the Piano Therapy Virtual Tour, thanks to our wonderful crew, director, Andrew Lamb and Alex and Iain from Endless Films.

 Public speaking is something that I have regularly done over the years but having specific points to cover, especially […]

Odin Quartet

From Oblivion to Hope is Underway!

Day 1 of recording with the Odin Quartet went smashingly well! I love the energy of exchanging ideas and making tweaks on the fly in the studio to allow the new music to convey its best self. Thanks to Odin and the Canterbury Music Company staff, it was a great day. In case you missed […]

Andrew Lamb, Frank Horvat, Endless Films, Noble Street Studios Crew

Piano Therapy Virtual Tour Filming

It was a physically and emotionally absorbing day to film the first phase of the Piano Therapy Virtual Tour. You would think that playing piano pieces on the theme of mental health for many hours in a row would be draining. But I have to say I felt the complete opposite…the experience was most therapeutic […]

From Oblivion to Hope Announcement

NEW PROJECT – From Oblivion to Hope

I am delighted to share that I will be collaborating on a multi-phase project with the wonderful, Odin Quartet! Our main focus will be to record an album of my various compositions for string quartet. Called “From Oblivion to Hope”, the album will have a serious and pessimistic tone to start. But, as we go […]

Memories of Self-Isolation - Vancouver Bach Choir

UPDATE on New Choir Commission

As I previously announced earlier this Spring, I have been commissioned by the Vancouver Bach Choir to compose a cantata for vocal soloists, chorus and chamber ensemble. This will be a sequel to Music for Self-Isolation. Called ‘Memories of Self-Isolation’, this new work will explore perspectives and challenges faced by a cross-section of society as […]

Piano Therapy Virtual Tour - Frank Horvat

Announcing the Piano Therapy Virtual Tour!

I’m very happy to announce that a musical project close to my heart has gotten the go-ahead! It’s called the Piano Therapy Virtual Tour, a series of hybrid events featuring the private screening of my soon-to-be produced solo piano concert film where I perform my compositions based on my own challenges and successes battling depression. […]

A Village of Landscapes

A Village of Landscapes

I am happy to announce a new collaboration! Sébastien Malette, the dynamic young bassoonist based in Ottawa, has commissioned me to compose a suite of solo bassoon pieces called A Village of Landscapes. Each of the 13 pieces is based on a photo of a prominent natural landscape within Canada. Each photo was taken by […]